Passport Verification (PPV)

Updated 8/6/2020

All new international students are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to the United States. PPV is a procedure that verifies a student’s immigration status to ensure that the student is eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming academic semester.

F-1 and J-1 Students

On July 24, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) clarified that for the Fall 2020 semester F-1 students should abide by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance originally issued in March 2020. The information and instructions provided below are based on the March 2020 guidance. Refer to the international student section of the university’s COVID-19 Resource Center for up-to-date information.

Fall 2020 Admits–Currently Outside the US

Refer to the Fall 2020 Admits–Currently Outside the US section on this page for specific information and instructions.

Fall 2020 Admits–Currently Residing in the US

New students who are currently in the US may complete PPV at this time. Please follow the instructions below. The processing time for document review is 3 business days from the submission date. After approval, OIS will remove the STU60 hold (undergraduate students) or the STU50 hold (graduate students) permitting course registration.

OIS Passport Verification Instructions
STEP 1 Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2  Activate your USC Zoom Account
STEP 3 View New Student Information Session (pre-recorded session via Zoom)
STEP 4 Login to the PPV Document Submission System
Upload copies of your immigration documents.
Refer to list of required documents below.
Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type

Please have the following immigration documents ready to upload. Click on the link above.

F-1 Students
  1. Completed New International Student/Scholar Information Form  (sample document)
    • Click on the link to access the form
    • Download the form to your device
    • Complete the form using a suitable PDF reader. Do NOT complete it using your web browser
    • Save completed form to your device
  2. USC I-20 pages 1 and 2 (sample document)
  3. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  4. I-94 Document
  5. F-1 student visa stamp (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)
J-1 Students
  1. Completed New International Student/Scholar Information Form (sample document)
    • Click on the link to access the form
    • Download the form to your device
    • Complete the form using a suitable PDF reader. Do NOT complete it using your web browser
    • Save completed form to your device
  2. USC DS-2019 page 1 (sample document)
  3. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  4. I-94 Document
  5. J-1 student visa stamp (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)

Questions regarding PPV requirements? Email oisppv@usc.edu

Fall 2020 Admits–Currently Outside the US

New students who are currently outside the US may not complete PPV at this time. Students who were admitted to USC for fall 2020 should not enter the US on an F-1/J-1 student visa since USC will not be able to offer a full in-person academic program. This includes transfer students (students who transferred their SEVIS record from their previous institution to USC for fall 2020) as well.

Academic Enrollment Options for Fall 2020 Admits Who Are Currently Outside the US
Option 1: Begin academic program from abroad as a non-F-1/J-1 student.
Option 2: Inquire about possible options for beginning your academic program in a future semester.
  • Contact your admissions advisor or academic advisor for guidance.

Pending Permanent Residents and Other Non-Immigrant Visa Types

Students who are pending permanent residency or on other non-immigrant visa types such as E1, E4, H-1B, H4, L1, L2, O1, or R1 who are currently in the US must also complete PPV.

OIS Passport Verification Instructions
STEP 1 Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2 Login to the PPV Document Submission System
Upload copies of your immigration documents.
Refer to list of required documents below.
Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type

Please have the following immigration documents ready to upload. click on the link above.

Pending Permanent Residency:

  1. Completed New International Student/Scholar Information Form (sample document)
    • Click on the link to access the form
    • Download the form to your device
    • Complete the form using a suitable PDF reader. Do NOT complete it using your web browser
    • Save completed form to your device
  2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  3. Pending PR documents (sample document)

Other non-immigrant visa type (i.e. H-4, E-2, J-2, etc.):

  1. Completed New International Student/Scholar Information Form (sample document)
    • Click on the link to access the form
    • Download the form to your device
    • Complete the form using a suitable PDF reader. Do NOT complete it using your web browser
    • Save completed form to your device
  2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  3. I-94 Document
  4. Visa stamp (sample document)

DACA/AB540 Students

Please email OIS at oisppv@usc.edu to request to have your STU50/STU60 hold removed.


Change of Degree Level

Students who have completed a degree program at USC in spring 2020 and are starting a new program at USC in fall 2020 are not required to complete PPV. Instead, simply complete the OIS Validation for Higher Degree form and email it to ois@usc.edu to get the STU50 hold removed.